Polian has 24 years of NFL scouting and personnel experience, including three seasons as vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. He takes on a title last held by Alex Santos, but his role could be different in Washington’s new front office structure. Santos was fired in July after allegedly making improper progress against female employees and two female sports journalists.
Polian, 49, most recently spent seven seasons (2013-19) as head of pro staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars and helped take over pro bowlers Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and AJ Bouye. He began his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers as a personnel assistant from 1994 to 1997, then moved to the Indianapolis Colts and began as Director of Pro Scouting (1998-2000) before advancing to Assistant Director of Football Operations (2001-03) ), Assistant GM / Football Operations (2004), VP of Football Operations (2005-09) and VP and GM (2009-11). In 2012 he was Executive Scout for the Atlanta Falcons.
Polian is from New York and is a graduate of John Carroll University. He is the son of Bill Polian, the former NFL executive and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Bill Polian was GM of Bills when they designed Mayhew in the 10th round in 1988, and later GM of Panthers and Colts during his son’s tenure with each team. (Bill was President of the Colts when Chris was their GM.) In their 13 seasons together at Indianapolis, the Colts set a regular season record of 143-81 with seven division titles and a Super Bowl XLI win.